ambr0zie Posted August 5, 2022 · Member Share Posted August 5, 2022 (edited) I was participating in an auction today, to satisfy the urge for new coins. I am not (at all) an expert on the Hellenistic period, mainly because the price for artistic examples are discouraging. Sometimes I stare at various tetradrachms, especially the ones with a different example than the classic Alexander as Herakles / Zeus seated left, but ... I remain at staring. This was my only silver coin from the Hellenistic era, a budget drachm I bough for Christmas in 2019. Alexander III, AR Drachm, 323-319 BC. Philip III Arrhidaios Struck under Menander or Kleitos. Magnesia ad Maeandrum mint. Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin headdress. / AΛEXANΔΡOY to right of Zeus seated left, right leg drawn back, holding eagle and sceptre. bee left in left field, spear-head in outer right field. Price 1937-1938; Mueller 322-323; SNG Cop. 952. So I was looking at the auction waiting for the coins I was interested in (of course, lost) and I noticed this coin having no bids. As usually the prices started at 10 EUR I got a little panicked and the inner voice inside my head shouted NO NO, you can't let it go. Pressed bid and won it. KINGS of THRACE.Lysimachos.(305-281 BC). Ephesos. Drachm. 18 mm, 4.2 g Obv : Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing horn of Ammon. / Rev : BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY. / Rev: Athena seated left, holding Nike and resting elbow on shield. Control: Lyre in left field, monogram A below throne. Thompson 174; Müller 355. ... only to see that the starting price was 100 EUR not 10. Initially I was annoyed as this is not the price I want to pay for an unexpected "snack" and also noticed the corrosion/crystallization, but when I looked better, I started to like the coin more and more. Great details, I like the reverse, with Athena's facial details quire clear... so apparently not a major disaster (especially since I confirmed with a colleague, much more skilled in this area, who will remain anonymous but I can tell he is an expert in Macedonian shield coins, that the drachms are not very common). Lysimachus or Lysimachos was a Thessalian officer and successor of Alexander the Great, who in 306 BC, became King of Thrace, Asia Minor and Macedon. Thessalian family, but citizens of Pella. Apparently his family was close to Alexander's family, his father being a close friend of Philip II. The historian Justin relates the story that Lysimachus smuggled poison to a person Alexander had condemned to a slow death and was himself thrown to a lion as punishment, but overcame the beast with his bare hands and became one of Alexander's favorites. Pausanias writes that Lysimachus was one of Alexander's body-guards, whom Alexander once in anger shut up in a chamber with a lion but he killed the lion and after that Alexander treated him with respect, and honored him as much as the noblest Macedonians. After Alexander's death in 323 BC, he was appointed to the government of Thrace as strategos although he faced some difficulties from the Thracian king Seuthes. His long reign was not exactly a piece of cake. I will mention just an event that I am directly interested in. He tried to carry his power beyond the Danube, but was defeated and taken prisoner by the Getae king Dromichaetes (or Dromihete), who, however, set him free in 292 BC on amicable terms in return for Lysimachus surrendering the Danubian lands he had captured. His life ended in the way he lived it. Domestic troubles embittered the last years of Lysimachus’ life. Amastris, one of his wives, had been murdered by her two sons; Lysimachus treacherously put them to death. On his return, Arsinoe II asked the gift of Heraclea, and he granted her request, though he had promised to free the city. In 284 BC Arsinoe, desirous of gaining the succession for her sons in preference to Lysimachus’ first child, Agathocles, intrigued against him with the help of Arsinoe's paternal half-brother Ptolemy Keraunos; they accused him of conspiring with Seleucus to seize the throne, and Agathocles was put to death. This atrocious deed by Lysimachus aroused great indignation. Many of the cities of Asia Minor revolted, and his most trusted friends deserted him. The widow of Agathocles and their children fled to Seleucus, who at once invaded the territory of Lysimachus in Asia Minor. In 281 BC, Lysimachus crossed the Hellespont into Lydia and at the decisive Battle of Corupedium was killed. After some days his body was found on the field, protected from birds of prey by his faithful dog. Lysimachus' body was given over to another son, Alexander, by whom it was interred at Lysimachia. Let's see some Hellenistic coins .... and/or coins won by mistake! Edited August 10, 2022 by ambr0zie 12 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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